Unknown primary presenting with axillary Lymphadenopathy

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Breast cancer can rarely present as isolated axillary adenopathy without any evidence of a primary breast mass creating many diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. Occult breast cancer is defined as isolated axillary adenocarcinoma without detectable tumor in the breast by either physical examination or with imaging such as mammogram, ultrasound, or MRI. Occult breast cancer, although rare, has been acknowledged for more than 100 years. It was first described by Halsted in the Annuals of Surgery in 1906.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Breast
Subtitle of host publicationComprehensive Management of Benign and Malignant Diseases
PublisherElsevier Inc.
ISBN (Print)9780323359559
StatePublished - 2018


  • Axillary lymph node
  • Chemotherapy
  • MRI
  • Occult breast cancer
  • PET

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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